Summer & All-season car, SUV, 4x4 & van tyres

By Julia Freeman

Tyre giant Goodyear introduced the Tiempo tyre way back in 1977, which was the very first tyre which was referred to as all-season. As we approach the summer, when temperatures are supposed to rise, it is the time of year where summer tyres are brought out of storage.

Let us take a look at what differentiates a summer tyre from an all-season tyre, giving you food for thought for your next tyre purchase.

All-season tyres

All-season tyres provide you with a great level of performance throughout the year. They will not provide you with the greatest performance during the depths of winter, particularly for people living in areas where there are snowy or icy winters, but for everyone else they will provide a more than adequate performance.
 
The advantages of all-season tyres include longer lasting tread, a cheaper cost than specialist tyres, and high mileage warranties. One of the most pronounced advantages of all-season tyres is eliminating the need to swap your tyres multiple times per year. If your winters are not the unduly harsh and you don't drive huge distances, all-season tyres should suffice all year round.
 
As we mentioned above, if you live in a location with a harsh winter, with frequent heavy snow expected, you would be wise to consider purchasing winter tyres for this time of year. In some countries, it is mandatory to do so.
 
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Summer tyres

Summer tyres are manufactured from a different rubber compound to winter or all-season tyres. Summer tyres also have tread design and tread depth designed to adapt to the different driving conditions you would expect to encounter during the summertime.
 
For example, summer tyres provide enhanced braking in dry conditions as well as wet conditions. On the other hand, summer tyres are resoundingly beaten by both winter tyres and all-season tyres in snowy conditions, based on a speed of 100km/h in the wet and dry and 40km/h in the snow.
 
Summer tyres are designed for the warmer temperatures, performing best when the temperature is above around 7 degrees or higher. The biggest issue with summer tyres is if they are used when it is too cold, the compounds harden, reducing grip and increasing tyre wear.
 
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Winter vs. All-season tyres

Winter tyres are not simply designed for use within the snow, as the rubber compound is designed to be used within the cold weather too. All-season tyres are a great compromise as they can also be used when the temperature is low.

Talk to Protyre, the tyre professionals

If you require a new set of summer or all-season tyres, please don't hesitate to contact your local Protyre garage where you will find tyres from a range of suppliers such as Continental and Pirelli.


 Whether you're looking for summer performance or all-season traction, we've got the tyres you need. Our wide selection of tyres for cars, SUVs, 4x4s and vans delivers responsive handling, comfort, and safety for all your driving conditions. Count on us for your ideal tyres, all year round.

If you are unsure about the condition of your existing tyres, you can arrange a free tyre safety check where our qualified fitters will take a look at the age, condition and tread depth of your tyres. They will then recommend any replacements if your tyres are unsafe or suggest when your tyres may need to be replaced.
 
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By Julia Freeman
Julia is Head of Retail Marketing for Protyre and loves engaging with customers and the business as a whole to make sure Protyre is more than just a local garage.
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